I am thinking of putting together a new system and would like to get some input if I am getting the best bang for the buck because of the numerous different options available. This is the 2nd system I have ever built and it has been quite a while since then (some of the newer features I am not 100% clear on).
I am mainly building the system for longevity, stability, performance, and gaming (not strictly gaming/ but i dont want to have any issues).
My budget is around 1000-1500$
The thing I am really stuck on right now is the motherboard selection, one thing I am not clear on is the memory standard (ex 2000(O.C.)/1600(O.C.)/1333/1066). I do not plan on doing much as far as O.C., I mainly just want to be able to put all the components in and not have to worry about adjusting the BIOS to allow a piece of hardware to function properly.
I also was planning on using my old case. If you can remember what they look like it is an old Thermaltec Metal case with the clear side panel (Looks like the old school alienware cases). Do you think that will be sufficient enough to keep everything cool? I have 3 case fans for it.
Right now here is the configuration I am thinking:
(Open to suggestions for ram as well, considering my statement about compatiblity above. I just chose this RAM for now because of the speed and the price). 6GB is plenty right? I was thinking maybe I could upgrade to 12 in the future if I wanted to.
DDR3-1333 will cost less and you probably won't notice any performance difference.
That Ultra PSU is inefficient and poopy. Look for full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and 80+ certification for efficiency. Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, and Enermax are among the better brands. Usually there are good deals on various Antec Earthwatts models, and sometimes on their Truepower New or on Corsair.
The WD Blue drives are not their fastest. Look for either WD Black, Seagate 7200.12, or Samsung Spinpoint F3.
Usage is mainly just everyday home computer usage. I just wanted to use quality parts and a setup that will run effecienctly. Other than that, yeah I want a nice gaming setup too, not to extreme but good enough where I dont have to worry about using the lowest settings (I'd like to run medium to high on the settings actually) on an up and coming game (My computer right now runs SC2 pretty crappy (it is a laptap though) but as far as like Diablo3 and other titles. Will the 460 do okay?
The comments and suggestions have been really helpful so far. Thank you
Blizzard games aren't too demanding (they want everyone and his little brother to be able to play); a GTX460 will easily be enough. If budget is a concern, you could probably drop back to a HD5770 and still get excellent frame rates on those games, right up to 1920x1080.